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Sewbago: Mobile Sewing Classes

$970 of $3,495 goal

Raised by 8 people in 12 months
Rmflc Denver  DENVER, CO
What the heck is a Sewbago ?

Pronunciation: So-bay-go - A sewing class studio housed in a vintage Winnebago, bringing the joy of learning to sew to almost anywhere in the Denver Metro area


Why the Sewbago ?

I started HISS studio  in 2013 teaching "old school home-ec" style sewing classes to pay the medical expenses for my special needs cat, Vega. What started out as a "on the side" hobby business grew to have a cult following, often with wait lists for classes. Now successfully in it's 4th year, HISS studio  needs a new space due to rising rents in Denver. After looking over many traditional options, it seemed time to "think outside the box" and find a space that wasn't reliant on rents and restrictions...resulting in the investment of the Sewbago !


How will the Sewbago operate?

Currently, HISS studio classes are Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings, based on the availability of hours in our current location in an art gallery in downtown Denver. It is my goal to expand the hours of operation and offerings of classes, in addition to bringing the Sewbago to different locations in the Denver area. North, South, East or West, those looking to learn to sew will have access to great personal classes without a crazy drive or same old boring classrooms. Classes will be held in parks, farmer's markets, festivals and more, plus I will offer the option of "private sewing parties" brought to your location. Additionally, I'll perform basic alterations on site when the Sewbago is at an event but not engaged in a class.



$$$ How will the money be used?

While the Sewbago is in amazing shape for it's age, it does need a few things to make it super reliable and a great space for students. Here's the list of items I need help funding:

 Business Insurance: $500

Vinyl Signage: $1200

Brake Repairs: $400

Tune up & Shocks: $800

Spare Tire and Jack: $300

Window Repairs: $200

Screen & Vent Repairs: $300

You can choose from any of the options at the top to donate, or pick a custom amount.

THANK YOU!!!!

When I found out HISS studio would be losing our space to operate, I was faced with a tough decision... take a huge financial risk and keep going, or play it safe and give up, going back to a traditional job. Your contribution makes it possible not just to continue my dream, but also the dream of my many future students who wish to learn to sew and gain new skills and confidence! THANK YOU for your support and we hope to see you in class soon!!

The goal is to have the Sewbago hosting classes on April 2nd, so pleasedonate soon and donate often!

–Tish and the entire HISS Studio  Staff


A super duper huge THANKS to all my students,  friends and family who helped make this video and have supported me in this journey! You know who you are! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

This is Diego. He's pretty cute, and head of the HISS staff. If you like Diego, donate $5 to buy him some tuna. Or salmon. Or chicken. Whatever you have is good!
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Update 8
Posted by Tish Gance
12 months ago
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First classes in the Sewbago this weekend! Testing the setup, I'm sure some changes will need to be made. The special table being crafted is in process, the good stuff always takes longer.
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Update 7
Posted by Tish Gance
12 months ago
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Wow! The Easter bunny brought a special gift this morning! A donation egg! Thank you so much! I really appreciate the support!
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Update 6
Posted by Tish Gance
12 months ago
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Obviously not out and about in the SNOWBAGO today! Everyone stay warm and inside, no reason to bender a fender!! Nice snow pic of the Sewbago when I first checked it out, for your enjoyment! It's come a long way baby!
Here's an old shot of the Sewbago!
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Update 5
Posted by Tish Gance
12 months ago
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Thanks to everyone who came out to the launch today, and supporting the Sewbago! Really really appreciate the good wishes and donations, let's do this thing!
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$970 of $3,495 goal

Raised by 8 people in 12 months
Created March 14, 2016
Rmflc Denver  
$100
Anonymous
12 months ago
SF
$60
Stephanie Fuentes
12 months ago

Good luck!

MB
$100
Mike Berkow
12 months ago
GH
$50
Gina Hallisey
12 months ago

Good Luck Tish! Great idea - you make everything fun!

SM
$100
Shane Madden
12 months ago
CW
$100
Carolyn Williams
12 months ago

Clever video! Good luck! Oh, and also Happy birthday! Carolyn & Alan

KK
$400
Kathryn Kubala
12 months ago
SO
$60
Sharon Otto
12 months ago

A toast to you inevitable success!

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